A rockin' good time

A rockin' good time

October 1 was National Day in China, so we asked our readers: if they had their own country, how would they celebrate its National Day? Here are the top 10 answers ...

1. Don your dancing shoes

I would order every citizen to gather in Ruby Leung Town Square and line-dance to The Lion King and Hannah Montana soundtracks.

Then we would have a Grease sing-a-long. Rock 'n' roll is definitely here to stay in Ruby Leung Land.

Ruby Leung, 16

2. Stadium scene

If I had my own country, I would ask my citizens to gather at Elise Choi Stadium at 6am to sing the national anthem. Hopefully that would instil some national pride in them!

Elise Choi Ho-yee, 19

3. Rest up

I would order a day of rest. Food, drinks, shelter, and all other basic needs would be met. I think mass celebrations with flag-raising ceremonies are useless, because they don't address the real problems countries face.

Jack Sun, 16

4. Colours and sparks

As I'm originally from India, my country's national day would combine India's two most enjoyable festivals: Holi, when people smear each other with paint and have water fights, and Diwali, the festival of lights, which involves the lighting of lamps, fireworks and sparklers.

I would combine the throwing of coloured powder with the beautiful fireworks to create a truly unforgettable National Day celebration.

Sonali Gidwani, 17

5. Jelly joy

My country would be called Jellya. I would celebrate National Day in houses made from jelly, and there would be a huge feast of jellies. I love jelly!

Odessa Fung, 13

6. Sleep well, people

Sleep! No, it's not a joke. Catching up on some sleep would make my citizens more efficient in the long run.

Lam Ming-yeung, 15

7. A new high

I would climb the highest mountain in my country. Why? It doesn't cost any money, and mountain climbing is my favourite sport. When I reached the highest point, I would sing the national anthem so that everyone could hear me!

Catherine Chen, 17

8. Song for everyone

National Day would be on my birthday, December 29. On that day, pictures of me would be plastered everywhere and I would sing a song to entertain the citizens.

Kwok Chiu-tung, 14

9. Sleep-off

If I had my own country, I would organise a sleeping competition because relaxing is always the best reward for hard-working people.

Ada Pang, 16

10. A crazy time

I wouldn't just have a one-day holiday; it would be a week-long "festival". There would be no homework for kids, and people would be able to eat as much as they want. Children could boss adults around, too, and would have permission to do anything. Mwahahaha!

Hillary Lo, 9

Next week:

Chung Yeung Festival is celebrated because of the belief that the ninth day of the ninth month in the lunar calendar (October 13) could be a dangerous date. For our next Top 10, tell us what you believe in and why. Send your response, together with your name, age and school, to reporters.club@scmp.com with "Top 10: Believe" in the subject field

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